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Russ (Russ)
Posted on Thursday, July 06, 2000 - 8:28 pm:   

Ghost, try Office supply store , they have a folding table, heavy as the dickens but durable.
Jim (Jim)
Posted on Thursday, July 06, 2000 - 9:34 am:   

Ghost, let's just hope she didn't sell the BBQ grill and beer cooler. We are going to need them for the next hurricane party.

But I do have one long ladder I will be happy to contribute to her next yard sale. I want to stay "grounded" from now on.
Ghostbuster (Ghostbuster)
Posted on Thursday, July 06, 2000 - 12:13 am:   

Thank You, ya'll!

As any fool or child of three can see, we have used this wonderful forum for the solution to a common problem. And, without any undue rancor I do observe. My wife says she can now sell the old particle board work table at the next yard sale. By the way, has anybody seen my old bongo drums, derby hat, and beer can collection? I wouldn't doubt she went and sold those things at the last yard sale!
Tom (Tom)
Posted on Wednesday, July 05, 2000 - 11:23 pm:   

Try an RV parts, accessory, and service facility. Camping World has numerous lightweight aluminum tables that are very suitable for use. They are designed with portability and light weight for RV'ers.
Dave (Dave)
Posted on Wednesday, July 05, 2000 - 3:39 pm:   


Try a pool and patio store, or a flea market. Take a 30 x 30 +/- alum table and Glue a Plastic laminate, of your choice to the top and the edges, (if you desire) and voila' you have the product you seek.
Ghostbuster (Ghostbuster)
Posted on Wednesday, July 05, 2000 - 1:34 pm:   

Kiddies, if you please.

Allow me to be the first to pose a question, where might a soul find a lightwieght aluminum folding table with a formica top for use as a work table?

I grow weary of the standard, heavy, particle board work table that is commonly found at office supply stores.
Gale (Gale)
Posted on Wednesday, July 05, 2000 - 12:21 pm:   

A hardware question came up concerning the handheld computers. The concern was if one purchased a palm, pocket or handheld system would the same computer work with another vendor’s palm, pocket or handheld software.

Yes! That is one of the reasons this market is going to take off. The hardware these new systems will run on is off the shelf hardware that will be more than a paperweight if you stopped using it for adjusting as was the case in the old days. Even if you decide to upgrade your hardware there would be some market for your old pocket hardware system because it will not be a special application piece of hardware. Let me know if this helps or not.
Ron Smith
Posted on Wednesday, July 05, 2000 - 8:22 am:   

I can't say that I have done 300 in a month, but I have done 70 a week for 2 to 3 weeks, until the claims ran out. You have to be organized and make everything count. Get up at 5 and go to bed at 11 or 12. Don't go out to a sit down dinner every nite, use a gps and plan your route before you start the day.
I also have a plastic box on wheels for all of my supplies (ink cartridges for the photo printer and lazer printer and for the copier). All of the office supplies you have in your home office. I have another box on wheels for my non perishable foodstuffs. I then have my on the road printers, fax, copier, photo & printer paper all boxed up sitting in the garage for a quick load into the trusty cat vehicle.
Remember, keep at least a months worth of supplies with you at all times! That way, when you get to the site, make those phone calls and you are running claims (and getting paid) in a short period of time.
Have a great CAT season, and know before you go.
Rdoe (Rdoe)
Posted on Wednesday, July 05, 2000 - 8:29 am:   

Being organized is an absolute necessity.Getting 300 claims to work on is a FANTASY.Most storms are over booked with adjusters.Getting more than 100 claims is a luxury.When we have the big one,we may get enough to test the 300 claims a month theory!Flood forget it,wind or hail maybe.I truly believe this site will separate the good adjusters from the bad and the cat companies will build a base of good adjusters to do there claims and know they can handle 200 claims with no problems.I can always hope.Everyone have a great day and please be safe!!
Cecelia (Cecelia)
Posted on Wednesday, July 05, 2000 - 7:43 am:   

I'm thinking Lyndon was just using 300 as a figure of speech. I can't imagine closing 300 files in a month and doing them correctly. Maybe there is an easy storm somewhere for a company that doesn't require much paperwork.

I've heard stories about "the good old days" when one could close that many. However, I go by the old Marvin Gaye lyrics "believe half of what you see and none of what you hear" (Heard It Through the Grapevine).

And I do agree with Lyndon. Organization is the key. I keep a large plastic box packed, at all times, with my "office supplies". I have duplicates on my desk at home. But I have simple stuff like tape, highlighters, pens, staple remover, staples, film, etc because who wants to go to the office supply as soon as you hit a storm sight because you forgot the stapler or highlighters or whatever? I also keep another plastic box packed, at all times, with kitchen "stuff" (my spices, a large knife, dry sauce mixes, cans of tomato sauce, etc) so that, if I am lucky enough to find a Studio Plus or Extended Stay or that TYPE of hotel, I won't have to stock up on the basics. During the cooler months I leave these boxes in my car. In the warmer months they are retired in the house unless I'm on the road.

Organization really IS the key.
Jim (Jim)
Posted on Tuesday, July 04, 2000 - 8:59 pm:   

Lyndon Graves has posted an excellent "Tip of the Month" recently about being organized. I agree wholeheartedly with everything he says, and try my best to do all of the things he suggests. I also go to a storm prepared with all of the proper equipment in a functioning state as well.

In his article, Lyndon suggests that there are some adjusters who close 60 files in a month while others close 300.

My question to Lyndon is how do I close 300 files per month? How does anyone close that many and do them right?

Perhaps several of you can help me as well as others with time management, organizational, and closing techniques to increase our production output.
Gale (Gale)
Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2000 - 12:57 am:   

Dave my staff or I will continue to try and help with any computer issues that may be preventing an adjuster from getting the most files closed as possible. I ask that the questions be posted on CADO and I will try to see a reply is posted on CADO. Because we all learn from postings and it helps drive the future of CADO we ask that the adjusters look on CADO for the reply instead of by private e-mail. That way if I misunderstand a question or just totally blow the answer others can make the correction so the adjuster gets the needed help ASAP. If an adjuster is not comfortable with “how to post” by all means e-mail Dave and he will point you to a “how to post” section on CADO. I felt like a fool the first few times I posted to a forum and even after learning how to post some would say I have made a fool out of myself a few times :)

2000 is going to be a year to remember in the minds of most in this industry and CADO is playing a big role in helping make it happen. Keep supporting CADO because it will continue to break news that will turn the industry on its head. Having different software vendors interchanging claims files may be the lesser of exciting advances that others will bring to the adjusting industry in 2000.
Tomj (Tomj)
Posted on Monday, June 19, 2000 - 9:50 pm:   

Good point Tom`part of the enjoyment in what we do is that fact that it is different everyday. Many years ago I had a manager with GAB that told me two things, one, dont ask me a question regarding coverage without a copy of the policy.
The other, which is something for all of us to keep in mind, was the job title is adjuster, not contractor, estimator, etc, always remember to adjust not just to put numbers on paper. Never thought I'd say this, but thanks to Jim Robb for that.
Tom (Tom)
Posted on Monday, June 19, 2000 - 8:28 pm:   

40 Years of experience and still don't know it all. I am definitely will to help as much as I can. There is a lot of experience on the CADO page and I am sure many would be willing to help anyone.

No one should be ashamed to ask questions, I'm not and never will be. That is how we gain knowledge of our occupation.
Tomj (Tomj)
Posted on Monday, June 19, 2000 - 8:06 pm:   

Great thread Dave, willing to help, but still looking for an external drive for my laptop
Oh and an umbrella for DFW
Dave (Dave)
Posted on Monday, June 19, 2000 - 3:54 pm:   

In the interests of furthering our educational aspects, here is a forum discussion on ANY subject related to the adjusting community.

On behalf of the members , I would like to believe the names mentioned herein will be pleased to assist in the responses.

Do you have a coverage question?, Ask Jim Flynt, Tom Toll, Tom Joyce or any other old timer.

Do you have a computer Question, ask Roy, myself or Tom Weems, or Gale Hawkins.

Do you have any question that you really need an answer for?, Ask the board and leave a good e-mail address and it will be answered.

We all have to "KNOW BEFORE WE GO" and that does include technical stuff, coverage issues, cameras, printers, ladders and equipment, LAN hookups, Broadband width, paper less file transfers, etc.

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